Monday, June 13, 2011

A New Passion

 Between all of the end-of-year activities (Colonial Days, end-of-year parties, award ceremonies, concerts, etc), a few too many projects (organizing activities for Youth Conference, teacher gifts, PTA fundraiser, Summer Girls' Club organization, house projects, etc), AND my brother Tim and sister Heather being in town.....I am exhausted and not getting near enough sleep.   I truly have no business blogging while I have a whole heap of emails that need to be answered, but what can I say?  I need a sanity break and I have loads of pictures to blog about.... 

In amongst all of the craziness lately, we've caught a bug.  The birdwatching bug.  I blame it on Adam's 2nd grade teacher who interwove birds and nature into every subject this year.  Adam can identify birds by sight and sometimes even just by the call.  It's truly an amazing gift his teacher has given him (and by default us as well). 

Over the last month or so, we've collected quite an array of bird paraphernalia to attract the birds to our deck.  We've got everything set outside our dining room window and so while some kids plop down in front of a TV, my kids plop down at the dining room table and birdwatch!

When I am eating or working on my computer, I will set my things up so I can maintain a good view of the feeders while I work.   It's a little distracting sometimes, but it's so worth it to capture these amazingly beautiful little creatures.  This picture is one of my favorites with 2 downy woodpeckers on our suet feeder.  The downies are regular visitors to our suet and are stunningly beautiful in my opinion.   
This is a photo of a tufted titmouse.  There are several that come to our feeder and I love their little mohawks and bluish-gray plumage. 

We also love the cardinals, Carolina chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, house finches, purple finches, and house sparrows that come regularly.    Of course we only know how to identify them thanks to Adam, which brings me to  a picture Adam drew for his teacher. 

And one Ellie drew for Adam's teacher as well. 

And my new favorite bird photo of all time.....
I found these two Eastern bluebirds in a tree and luckily had my camera and telephoto lens with me.  I snapped several shots, but ended up in love with how this one really captured the beautiful details on its feathers.  What a gorgeous bird! 



R said...

Love the pictures you captured. The last one could be put on a postcard or a Christmas card.

K said...

I would love to do some bird watching! We see hummingbirds in our yard all the time and I love it!

Deanne said...

What a great drawing, Adam. I'm impressed!

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